Andreas Schelfhout | Een Hollands winterlandschap met schaatsenrijders, een paardenslee en een koek-en-zopie | Kunsthandel Bies

Schelfhout, A. | A Dutch winter landscape with skaters, a horse-drawn sleigh and a ‘koek-en-zopie’

Andreas Schelfhout

1787 – The Hague – 1870

A Dutch winter landscape with skaters, a horse-drawn sleigh and a “koek-en-zopie”

Oil on panel  77 x 105 cm

Signed and dated lower right


Sale C.F. Roos & Co, Amsterdam, veiling collectie Helwig, 26 April 1881, nr. 32
Kunsthandel Fetter, Amsterdam, no. 22
Sale Mak van Waay, Amsterdam, 21 February 1973, lot 521, fl. 417.600,- (This was a world auction record for the artist at the time)
Private Collection, The Netherlands

Laanstra/S. Ooms, J.H. Weissenbruch: 1824-1903, Amsterdam 1992, ill. 3, p. 9
W. Laanstra, Andreas Schelfhout 1787-1870, Amsterdam 1995, W 1852-3, ill. p. 103


The work shown here can rightly be called one of Schelfhout’s masterpieces. A powerful and colourful painting, it has always attracted great admiration. It first came up for public sale on 26 April 1881, at C. F. Roos & Co in Amsterdam, in a time when there was still a ready supply of paintings of the highest quality on the auction market. The sale catalogue, written in French as was then usual, includes a detailed description of the work ending with the declaration, “C’est une des plus belles oeuvres de cet artiste.”

In 1973 the painting was auctioned again in Amsterdam, at Mak van Waay. A few days beforehand, the press reported that, “The unique quality of the painting raises the expectation that there will be great international interest in this piece at the auction.” Whereas paintings by Schelfhout at that time generally sold for a few tens of thousands of guilders at most, on this occasion the hammer fell at an absolute record price of 360,000 guilders. With commission and costs, the buyer thus paid more than 400,000 guilders. “The auction room was too small to accommodate all the interested spectators,” wrote De Leidse Courant the next day. “People were standing in the hallway and on the staircases. The excitement beforehand was so great that two prospective buyers were taken ill and, after brief treatment by the attending doctors, had to be escorted from the room.” Truly, then, this can be regarded as the iconic work responsible for putting nineteenth-century Dutch painting on the international map.

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Oil paintings


Romantic School


Landscape, Winter

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